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Author: Daniel Lapsley


Research G.A. Radvansky recently published in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology is attracting all sorts of media attention. The story—about how walking through a doorway affects memory—was picked up by Men’s Health Magazine, Freakonomics, U.S. News & World Report, Time, National Geographic, ABC News, CBS News, The Huffington Post, and dozens of other news outlets around the world (including Canada, the United Kingdom, India, Korea) and even on the Middle East North Africa Financial Network. Go ahead and Google it. 

Congratulations to Jessica Payne on receiving the Laird Cermak Award from the International Neuropsychological Society. The award is given to a candidate who is less than five years from completion of training for outstanding research in memory or memory disorders. The Cermak award was given for Jess’s work titled “Sleep Preferentially Benefits Emotional Components of Scenes: Behavioral and Neural Evidence.”

Jessica Payne

This fall, she also delivered remarks (“Sleep, Stress and Positive Affect: What Business Leaders Need to Know About the Brain”) to the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensborough, N.C. This talk led to Jessica being named the H. Smith Richardson Jr. Fellow, a prestigious and highly remunerative award. The fellowship begins this month and ends next November. Congratulations, Jessica!

I’m delighted to report that Nicole McNeil has been appointed the Mary Hesburgh Flaherty and James F. Flaherty Assistant Professor of Psychology and Jessica Payne has been appointed to the Nancy O’Neill Chair in Psychology for a three-year term. These appointments as collegiate chairs recognize “outstanding work as a scholar, teacher, and citizen of the university.” Indeed, and bravo! Please extend warm and hearty congratulations to both Nicole and Jessica on these prestigious and well-deserved appointments.  

Congratulations to Brad Gibson, who was appointed recently as consulting editor for both the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General and Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.

Anita Kelly

Congratulations to Anita Kelly and co-PIs Dawn Gondoli and Lijuan Peggy Wang on landing a three-year grant from the Templeton Foundation called “The Science of Honesty: Can Being More Honest Improve Health?” The project involves a series of experiments in which participants are induced to drop their major lies and white lies for a 10-week period. During this period, and at three- and nine-month follow-ups, changes in their relationships, perceived integrity, and health are documented and compared with control participants.

I’m delighted to report that our new colleague Sidney D’Mello has landed an NSF REESE grant for more than $1 million to fund a three-year project called “Beyond Boredom: Modeling and Promoting Engagement during Complex Learning.” REESE grants fund research on research and evaluation on education in science and education. Congratulations Sidney!

Congratulations to John Borkowski, the Andrew J. McKenna Family Research Professor of Psychology, on his appointment to a three-year term on the Board of Scientific Counselors of the Centers for Disease Control. 

Chuck Crowell and Mike Villano—and co-authors Michael Kennedy, Jim Schmiedeler, Aaron Striegel and Johan Kuitse—earned the best paper award at the IEEE Healthcom 2011 conference held in Columbia, Mo., back in June.  The title of the best paper was “Enhanced Feedback in Balance Rehabilitation Using the Nintendo Wii Balance Board.” Here is an Notre Dame news article on this innovative work.